What is the purpose of public art (to beautify, to educate, to challenge, to prompt conversation, to break monotony, etc.)? Use three Reading Packet sources in your essay.
Essay Expectations & Instructions
• • ReadALL the articles in your chosen Reading Packet (ATTACHED).
• • You MUST write your essay in response to the prompt (question) assigned to you
• • You MUST cite within your essay from at least 3 of the 5-7 different URL sources in your chosen Reading Packet.
• • You MUST use the Reading Packet sources to develop your argument.
• • You may NOT use or cite any sources outside of those in your Reading Packet.
The structure of your essay should include
• • Your introduction with your central idea
• • The body of your essay, which is the development, or the explanation of your ideas, with citations from the articles in your
• • Citations from 3 or more articles in your Reading Packet as they relate to your position on the topic (you may support or
refute arguments presented by the Reading Packet authors, but you may not use or cite outside sources)
• • Explanations how the citations you include support your position, and
• • A conclusion that summarizes your argument, and returns to your central idea with new insight.
• Citing Sources
• The following is a summary of MLA Style standards relevant to the submission.
• “To document” means to tell the reader the source of any material a writer uses in his or her essay. Material needing documentation includes facts, statistical data, and ideas as well as the words used to express such information. Writers need to document, or cite, sources whether or not they are using the exact words of the original. If using any of the exact words (even just a phrase), writers need to put quotation marks around those words in addition to citing the source. Failure to use quotation marks appropriately constitutes plagiarism.
• For prose, writers need to find the author and page number of a work (Smith 76).
• Short Quotations (4 typed lines or less): Place the quote within the text of the essay. Introduce the quote with a comma, and place the period after the parenthetical citation. Use quotation marks to show all borrowed material. Include author and page number.
• Block Quotations (More than 4 typed lines): Place the quote one inch from the left margin, and omit quotation marks. Introduce the quote with a colon, and place the period before the parenthetical citation.
• Same author of multiple works: When this occurs, group the works by the same author together, and alphabetize the works cited list by the first word of the title. At the beginning of the second and subsequent works, use three dashes instead of writing the author’s name. Ex. – – -. In the essay, distinguish between the works by putting the first few words of the title in the parenthetical citation before the page number. Ex. (Four Wives 89).
• No author: If no author is available, leave it out and alphabetize the works cited list by the first key word in the title. (Key words do not include “A,” “An,” and “The.”) In the essay, use the first key word of the title when citing. Ex. (Art 76).
• Missing Information: In MLA, if a piece of information is not available, skip that piece, and move on to remaining information. Exceptions to this rule are pagination, publication date, etc. For a full list, see the MLA Handbook. Electronic sources often lack page numbers. If the electronic source uses paragraph numbers (par. or pars.) or screens numbers (screens), use this information in place of a page number.
• Documents on Websites or in Databases: When citing sources from the Internet make sure to determine which type of online source is needed. Sometimes, writers need to combine or adapt entries to meet their needs. For example, if a writer finds an article posted on a personal website not written by the author of the website, the writer needs to adapt the website with a known author entry to fit his or her needs.
• Multiple authors: When citing multiple authors internally, use a semicolon between internal citations. Ex. (Smith 45; Logan 22-23).
• Constructing and Organizing Your Works Cited
• List sources alphabetically by the last name of the first author of each source. When there is no author, alphabetize by title. For references that run over one line, indent the second and subsequent lines one-half inch.